Raines Does Blue Marlin on a 10-Weight

April 23, 2006 By: Marshall Cutchin

“At that precise moment, an astonishing blue-and-silver creation came out of the top of a Pacific wave that loomed above our puny boat like a hillock of cerulean jelly. There is something impressive about looking uphill at a fish that seems half as long as your boat.” Howell Raines tells the tale of a big saltwater streamer trolled from the back a Christmas Island skiff and the blue phantasm that decided it was good enough to eat. This is the first half of a story that will be continued tomorrow in the online edition of Field & Stream.